by Kristina Fonnay, FNP-C
Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments have been around for more than 20 years and are effective in treating a range of cosmetic issues.
An IPL is a type of laser using intense pulsed light. Maricopa Wellness Center in Casa Grande uses Lumecca by InMode, the gold standard in this technology.
What skin issues can an IPL photofacial improve?
Sun damage: Sun-damaged skin can be rough, dry, and have irregular coloring. Skin can lose its resilience and develop lines and wrinkles.
Age, liver spots: Age spots, often a direct result of sun damage, can be improved through heating and correcting dermal tissue with excessive concentrations of melanin (age spots).
Freckles: Sun exposure can cause freckles to darken over time, as well as create new ones. IPL therapy breaks up the dermal cells in freckles that have excessive melanin and reduces or eliminates their appearance.
Broken blood vessels. Also known as spider veins, these broken blood vessels are networks of red lines that spread across the skin and can appear on the face and other body parts. This therapy closes off the flow of blood to the visible red lines, diverting it to intact vessels below the skin’s surface.
Rosacea: Rosacea is a common condition that causes the skin to redden; often around the nose, cheeks, chin, or forehead. The condition can grow worse and pimple-like bumps can form and blood vessels become visible. Treatment will close off surface blood vessels, while breaking up discolored skin cells, stimulating the development of healthy collagen-rich skin.
Acne: IPL penetrates deep into clogged pores, eliminating bacteria that cause infection and inflammation.
Skin texture: Rough skin is caused by a myriad of issues from sun damage to inflammation. This treatment stimulates collagen production in the dermal layer, rejuvenating the surface tissue below.
Redness: No matter if skin redness is caused by pigmentation problems or excessive blood flow near the surface, IPL therapy can close blood vessels near the surface and break up cells with excess pigmentation.
Winter best time for IPL
With reduced sun exposure, your skin has time to heal, regenerate and repair from IPL therapy. Most people require one to three treatments. There is minimal downtime; most clients can go about their day or back to work in 24 hours. The IPL treatment is comfortable and takes less than an hour.
More information and free consultation are available call 520.464.6193.